unhoped-for

adjective
un·​hoped-for

Definition of unhoped-for

: not anticipated : unexpected an unhoped-for piece of luck

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History and Etymology for unhoped-for

un- entry 1 + hoped-for, past participle form of the phrase hope for, from hope entry 1 + for

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